We are living in the 21st century, but still there are few myths that have been around for decades now. Society has been living with and passing on these myths from one generation to another, but I feel we need to move on and break away from these myths. Let’s encounter the most common period related myths and their explanations!
Not Eating Sour Foods
It is always believed and said that eating sour foods can worsen your pain and menstruation cycle due to the presence of citric acid. But, science has proved that there is no connection between eating sour foods and your periods getting worse. However, you should always make it a point to have nutritious food during your periods.
Touching Food Will Contaminate It
Is it so? Are you are not allowed to touch pickles or any freshly made things at home just because your menstruation cycle is going on ? Factually, there is no connection between touching pickle and contaminating food either. You are clean and your hands are germ free, that is all you need.
A Woman on Her Periods is Unclean
Menstruation is one of the most natural processes and every girl goes through it. However, a woman on her periods is considered unclean and untidy, maybe because of the involvement of blood. However, menstruation is a sign of a fertile female, who holds the power to bring a new life into this world. This is a fact that needs to be rejoiced and not frowned upon.
A Menstruating woman Should Not Visit Religious Places
According to superstitions and myths, a woman on her periods is dirty and hence should not be allowed to enter temples and other such religious places. It is also believed that if she enters, God would get angry and she will have to face the repercussions. However, in reality and as per science, that woman is just going through a normal bodily function that is regarded as a good sign.
Hot Water Can Increase Blood Flow
According to studies, hot water can help to increase the blood circulation that would allow the blood to flow out of the body with ease. Improved blood circulation frees women of cramps and also stabilises mood. Hot water surely does not increase the blood, but makes the flow of blood easier.
You Can’t Get Pregnant During Your Periods
This is the most stupid and most believed myth about periods! There are many other things that can trigger ovulation in the body. Scientists say that sperms can stay alive for 42 hours inside a female’s body. So, if a woman has intercourse after her periods end, may not be completely safe from pregnancy. The only way you can tell is if you conduct the standard ovulation method, that checks mucus and temperature to detect if ovulation is taking place.
Swimming Must Be Avoided at Any Cost
A point attached to this is, you can get eaten up by shark if you swim in the ocean during your periods as it may detect “blood”. Another popular myth related to this is that tampons and pads would swell up in the water during swimming. But these are ridiculous things we all have been believing! Pads and tampons make it easier for girls to swim freely without shedding the blood into the water and in no way create a hinderance.
Tampons Can Get Into The Body
This is not possible at all! Tampons cannot get into the body and float away. It will stay in place and come out only when you take it out. It just can’t get lost inside your body.
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